Friday, April 6, 2018

Celebrate 14

Hello!  It's all about celebrating today!  I absolutely adore this month's swag bag kit from Paper Issues and couldn't wait to create a fun birthday page with it.  
April is my birthday month, so it's all about throwing the confetti around to whoop it up! 
 Evan my 14 year old may not love the colorful page design, 
but I went with the inspiration from the candles on his birthday pie!
Here's my rainbow confetti birthday celebration:

Here's a look closer at the colorful details:
I printed out a large number 14 from my computer to layer the paper strips over.  I then flipped it over to cut using the dark outline of the numbers as my cutting guide.


 Finished with the paper strips.  These are all from the 3x4 papers included in the April kit. 
 Plus, there are still several I didn't use in this design. 
Gotta love a swag bag and the ability to use it for several projects!


Layout with the "confetti" splatter- Nuvo mists from the Paper Issues store, Heidi Swapp Shine from past swag bags, and Shimmerz mists.I loved the ephemera piece that said "happy" to tuck in above the yellow birthday paper.


I loved the puffy glitter ephemera from Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection.  It adds the perfect dimension in the vertical stack of paper layers.

The Pebbles Happy Hooray chipboard banner stickers worked
 so well to create a banner across the entire middle of the design.


So that's my pop of colorful to start off your day.  I hope you are inspired to grab an April Swag Bag kit from the Paper Issues store and create your own "Party on a Page".
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Oh, Boy!

Playing along at Paper Issues!  I busted out the Pink Paislee Wild Child and was inspired to use this space paper for my son's silly outer space photo! I mean how perfect--a Star Wars shirt, the outer space window, and all of the Wild Child supplies I need to use!



A few close ups, here's my ham!  Space-loving, everything Star Wars, Ryan!


Love all of the pops of red and metallic red throughout the Wild Child ephemera and stickers. Cut file title from Paper Issues found within this set: Greatest Adventure.


Yes,  I wanted it showered in splatters of paint to add to the spacey feel and depth of the design. Find this cut file title on My Greatest Adventure cut file.  This is a bonus cut file that isn't shown on the store image.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Dream It, Wish It...

Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog sharing my love for PI Swag bags!
Paper Issues monthly Swag Bag kits are so easy to create with!
Here is how I  used the February "Write It Down" kit
to create my second project.  For this layout, I was inspired by 
the numerous Vicki Boutin "All the Good Things" collection items. 
 I added mixed media paint stripes in the background 
to pick up the minty-blue hues in the butterfly and embellishments.


Here's a pic of the February Swag Bag- the kit I used was a variation of this as all kits are slightly unique!


Here are a few close up views of the mixed media and hand stitching that I added for the butterfly trailing throughout the background. I added Shimmerz watercolor paint splatters and painted the cork star to be color-coordinated.


I attached the butterfly in the center and lifted up the wings with foam pop dots to give it dimension. The background paper is Jillibean Soup. The thread was the perfect match to bring the color across the page!



Time at the hotel pool, means hours of swimming and pretending to be a mermaid.  
Yes, always a mermazing time at the pool!
All of the Swag Bag kit papers become layers and pops of color for the photo cluster.
  The Vicki Boutin ephemera, journaling cards, and bird clip added the perfect little touch at the top.


The bow pin balanced out the pops of black that were scattered throughout the design.  I love the gold paper clip embellishment to group all of the layers together.


Here's how I used the February Swag Bag the first time using a background 
cut file from Paper Issues and the brighter colored swag bag items. 
See how you can create such a different look with the same kit??? 
 I love the versatility of each month! The Jillibean Soup felt bow is adorable to clip on photos!
Guess what...I still have February Swag Bag items left after two layouts!  
This is why you totally need one or both of the kits available in the shop!


Check out the matching watercolor splatters! I loved the rainbow vibes from this kit!


If you are wanting to see more- here's the March Swag Bag kit called- I've Got This! It's so bright and bold! This kit will be so perfect for Spring Break photos or documenting spring fun!



I can't wait to see what you create!  Please share your projects on social media and tag Paper Issues or play along in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group.  
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sweet Moment

I am playing along with the new Paper Issues Challenge called PI Partners Up.  This month we are partnered with the CSI Scrapbook blog site.  They have fun "cases" each month to solve by creating something from the case file that inspires you.  The Hawaiian case photo or tropical beach image had me all inspired to pull out our Hawaii vacay pics!

The CSI Case #247 was a tropical scene and that screamed Hawaii to me!


I used lots of Amy Tangerine Hustle &Heart for this tropical scene.  How perfect is the Sweet Sensation pineapple paper for the border?! It fit the colors in the CSI scene.  The tropical pink flowers were a must to scatter throughout my design and pick up the photo included in the CSI case for February.
I used a PI free cut file for the pineapple and backed it with more AT Hustle & Heart papers.


I added acrylic paint splatters to tie in the white Thickers and cut file outline. 


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Free File Free-For-All

I am over on the Paper Issues blog today because It's Free File Free-For-All!
It's Friday!! Annnnnnnd...it's Groundhog day....so in the spirit of seeing shadows, 
I created a fun black and white design using the heart wreath cut file today! 
 I love the Forever My Always collection from Pebbles. 
 These papers were so much fun to get creative with!  
Let's check out my take for February and Paper Issues Free File Free-For-All!


My why-
This guy--he is literally the sweetest.  
He will randomly say multiple times a day...."Mom?" 
 "Yes, Ryan?"
  "Mom, I love you."
  I mean my heart melts each and every time.
  He gives us all kisses.  
He makes sure we are happy.  
He just started opening my car door 
for me each morning before school...
and he waits outside so he can close my door, too.
Yes, so much love for this kid.  
I don't want to forget these moments. 
 We know they grow up in a blink!

Here are a few close ups:
Gesso and mixed media in the background. I used gelatos and the packaging technique for the color to bring color to the black and white background. I wanted the cut file heart wreath popped up with foam dots to create more of a shadow and depth from the bold text patterned paper.


  Still a fan of a touch of gold shimmer to a few of the embellishments scattered throughout.  Enamel dots and hearts are the perfect sprinkle!


See what I mean?!  All the Groundhog Day homage with the dark shadowy colors, black and white photo, and popped up layers!  The ephemera for Forever My Always, is just perfect for layering.


 I love the pink stitching against the dark backdrop.  Also, I just had to rough up the edges to curl back the patterned paper to show the soft pink and cute hearts.It ties in the colors of the cut file and the mixed media gelato colors that I layered.


So that's how I kicked off the new challenges at Paper Issues!  I sure hope you will join me and post your new creations using cut files or other PI free files in the February album!